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Thumped (Bumped #2)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  4,837 Ratings  ·  604 Reviews
Megan McCafferty’s Bumped series of books are must-read teen dystopian fiction, along with Ally Condie’s Matched series and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.

Thumped, the sequel to Bumped, manages to be satiric, scary, and romantic at the same time. It continues the story of separated-at-birth twins, Melody and Harmony, girls as engaging as McCafferty’s Jessica Darling. Th
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Balzer + Bray (first published April 1st 2012)
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Apr 30, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
The scariest thing about Thumped -- a story told about a futuristic dystopia where teen girls have their bodies sold for reproductive purposes -- is how eerily similar it is to our own world right now.

Before saying a whole lot more, I'll say it's absolutely essential to read Bumped before diving into this one or it will make no sense at all. A year out from reading Bumped, I was a little lost for a while (partially my fault and partially because the first 1/3 or so of Thumped is the weakest).

Jan 04, 2012 Angela marked it as to-read
I'm confused. How can Melody be pregnant if she never had sex with anybody..? Am I missing something?
Dec 11, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
I am honestly not sure why Bumped and Thumped haven't received more love from the YA community. I wish that they did; they offer something lighter, less romantic and certainly different from other dystopian novels on the market. Where most of these (Wither, Matched, Legend, Divergent, and many more) offer bleak, dramatic visions of the future where romance and hope should prevail through tragedy, Megan McCafferty works on similar ideas by way of the satire. And it (in my opinion) works beautiful ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Maddie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
This was one of the rare books I enjoyed more than its predecessor (is that the right word?). I often hate movie sequels...

Well, anyway, this book rocked! :)

It sort of reminded me of Expecting, because both books are about teen pregnancy and reproductive rights.

SUMMARY: It's been about 8 1/2 months since Bumped took place, and twin sisters Harmony and Melody are both going to have twins on the same day! In a world where only teens get pregnant, these girls must give their babies to families who
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 15, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-emmy
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Thumped focuses more on Harmony as the girls fight their own popularity to save the future they really want.

Opening Sentence: I face my reflection, an engorged distortion I barely recognize anymore.

The Review:

You absolutely have to read Bumped before picking up its sequel. Nothing will make sense and unlike other authors, McCafferty doesn’t waste pages going over the previous novel. If you read it, you’ll remember it. If you skipped it, you
Apr 26, 2012 Farhana rated it really liked it
*Spoiler Free*

This was a fantastic conclusion to a crazy, refreshing, inventive dystopian series.

I absolutely loved Bumped with its wacky vocabulary and its odd concepts of pregnancy in a world where past the age of 18, girls become infertile. I could only vaguely remember parts of Bumped so I would suggest re-reading it before digging into Thumped. However it does all come back to you and the progression of the characters and their lives are clearly explained.

Thumped hooks you in straight away
May 09, 2012 Vox rated it really liked it
Oh, Megan McCafferty. How dare you end this two-book series now? I demand that you write a third. Chumped? Dumped? Humped?

Thumped picks up eight and a half months after Bumped ended. Harmony has returned to Goodside, the religious compound that she called home prior to decamping to Otherside to find her identical twin sister, Melody. Harmony didn't leave alone, however; she is pregnant with twin girls. Meanwhile, back in Otherside, Melody, thanks to ALTERR (Artificial Living Tissue Engineered fo
Sep 23, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it
I'm going to be honest, I don't remember a lot about Bumped. I remember I read it, thought it was an interesting concept, and liked it enough to be mildly excited when I saw there was a sequel.

I have a great love of dystopian fiction but this particular novel failed to live up to my expectations. I kept reading, waiting for it to get exciting, for something to happen, and it never did. Zen and Melody are supposed to be planning this "Mission", this rebellion against society and they hardly eve
Ashley Hunt
Apr 18, 2016 Ashley Hunt rated it did not like it
I read Bumped and I thought it was quite ridiculous, but I wanted to see if the sequel was better in some way. Alas, no.

This book just made me sad.

Humanist is the word. The author's views of God, Jesus, and the Holy Bible are awful. You cannot tailor-make God to fit your own desires and whims; and the Bible is not to be spit upon (no matter how subtly you do it).

The church Megan presents in this book, is obviously terrible. The Good News is, you don't put your faith in a church. You put it in J
May 17, 2015 Beáta rated it it was amazing
Ja žasnem, veľa sprostostí tu má 5*, ale príbeh plný odkazov a myšlienok o dnešnom svete dokáže oceniť len málo ľudí ... je ťažké nájsť knihu, ktorá vám do života aj niečo dá a obsahuje hodnotnú myšlienku a keď ju nájdete tak zistíte, že ju veľa ľudí nepostrehlo a sústredilo sa na nepodstatné veci.
Amanda Pearl
OMG I won this as a goodreads giveaway! This is my first one, I can't believe it! SO EFFING EXCITED

I don't know why I decided to pick up the second book of the "Bumped" duology considering the fact that I didn't particularly like the first one. I guess I just wanted to know what happened and how Melody ended up pregnant since she didn't have intercourse.
I must admit I enjoyed "Thumped" more than its predecessor. The first book focused more on the relationship between Melody and Harmony, the whole baby-making corporation and the potential love interests for the two sisters. This book was so mu
Nov 09, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
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Oh, Thumped. What can I say about Thumped?
I read the first book, Bumped, and honestly, I did not enjoy it. So don't ask me what compelled me to pick up Thumped and read it, but I did.
And I didn't enjoy this one either. Surprise, surprise.
So I'm just going to keep this review short.

This book was very frustrating for me. In more than one aspect.
First, the relationships between characters. Zen, who supposedly loves Melody, doesn't act at all
Newport Librarians
Jun 10, 2013 Newport Librarians rated it it was ok
Book #2, this is the sequel to Bumped. Melody and Harmony are back, looking very pregnant and the center of some national attention for their pregnancies. Twin girls, each pregnant with twins? The media is going crazy! What will happen after their births? How will the public and the religious commune accept each of the girls?

Though I wasn't crazy about Bumped, I read this wanting to see what happened to the girls and how they handled their situation. Again, there was so much potential here and
May 28, 2016 Louisa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Part two of a masterpiece of our times, and this time the end actually wraps enough up.

I wasn't expecting these books to be this fun, the characters this complex, the plot this incredibly mixed-up in the best way...half-star deduction really only for some heavy-handed smack-you-over-the-head ideological parallels and for pacing, since some POV sections are less than a page even on a kindle, which seems rilly rilly unnecessary.

Bottom line: the premise initially seems too ridiculous to r
May 18, 2012 Chrissy rated it it was ok
I was very unsure about my thoughts on BUMPED, the first book in the series, but I think I decided, overall, that I did enjoy the story.

So, what happened here with THUMPED? I just can't put my finger on it. The characters were selfish and irritating. The story was getting tiring and the weird bump-esque language just became annoying after a while.

Just stop at BUMPED and pretend like it's a cliff-hanger ending on purpose -- that'd be my recommendation, at least.
Laura Simpson
Jul 08, 2014 Laura Simpson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 3/4 stars, but benefit of the doubt. Yet again so much in this book is fascinating and intriguing in terms of dystopia but also feminism, media, consumerism and human rights. This may be a book that is aimed for teenagers with cheesy and colloquial language but the subjects its tackling is much more deeper. The book I think could of done with more of a sophisticated element to the tackling of the issues, however it is aimed at teenagers and works well in that aspect of target reader. I wo ...more
Aug 21, 2014 Jilly rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
Whereas Bumped gave us strong social commentary in the form of satire without commentary, Thumped is a lot less subtle. We really are "Thumped" in the head with the real issues of teen pregnancy and sex, celebrity, and media pressure. But, even though I enjoyed Bump's style of more bite and less bark, Thump's bark had plenty of bite itself:

I glance down at the for seriously wanked True or False quiz our teacher distributed to all of us sidelined preggers to pass the time while the rest of the c
Jul 15, 2014 Morgan rated it did not like it
I will admit I wasn't a huge fan of Bumped, but it was a fast-paced easy read and I'm above the age of the target audience and I thought the second book would bring more realism to the story.

It didn't. This read like a 15 year-old with no concept of actual conversations or relationships wrote it. The editing was terrible (several times I had to read sentences over because they forgot connecting words). I am not quite sure what the message of the books was even supposed to be, other than teenager
Tawni (The Book Worms)
Mar 30, 2012 Tawni (The Book Worms) rated it really liked it
When I first started the Bumped series, I thought it was weird and I probably wouldn't like it...I was so wrong. I ended up loving the first book and it was no different for Thumped! It was funny and fast-paced and kept me on my toes the entire length.

Harmony is back living in Goodside, trying to make right some of the things she's done as of late. But, turning things around that she doesn't regret in the first place is a lot tougher than she would have liked. Meanwhile, Melody is busy selling t
Jun 29, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, dystopia
Why I picked it up: I read the first in the series and am curious enough to want to know what happens.

Melody and Harmony are twins that have been raised separately and have only recently been reunited. They are currently extremely famous for both being pregnant with twins and the same due date. This picks up about 7 months after Bumped (abruptly) ends.

I thought it was okay. I didn't go back and reread Bumped, so there were a few things I had to readjust to. Some things seemed really obvious. Ot
Apr 19, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it

Rating: 3.5/5

Thumped returns us to a world that dropped our jaws when we initially encountered it in Bumped, and though we’re more prepared for it with this sequel, we find we’re no more comfortable with this future the second time around. Perhaps part of the reason Ms. McCafferty’s distorted reality is so unnerving is not because we can’t possibly imagine a time in which we’d view the sexual exploitation of our young men and women as necessary no matter how desperate our future selves might be,
May 01, 2012 pdbkwm rated it it was ok
Not sure how I feel about this one. I liked Bumped, but Thumped disappointed me. Everything happened quickly, it was incredibly predictable, and the ending was a little too perfect.

The Good:

Um...I liked seeing more of this world. And the terminology that the characters use was interesting.

Even though he's a bit too love sick, Jondoe is still somewhat likeable. The fact that he's a major celebrity because he doesn't shoot blanks is funny.

Melody still kept me interested, despite the fact that sh
Jun 04, 2012 Cindee rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian
Ok, so this book wasn't bad enough to read the second book, the concept is still great. But it seemed to get worse with "hotties" and all the different lingo they used. Very Valley Girls like in this book. I do not claim to be a Hero or anything like that, so im not sure....but I just kinda felt like the author went "hey Im going to wrap this book up into a pretty bow at the end and let the main character give a great speech (which didn't seem THAT great to me) and she is going to be a hero and ...more
May 18, 2012 Rochelle rated it really liked it
Last year I read and loved Bumped, the first book in this series. It was so refreshing to read something different, something I never would've imagined someone would write and I laughed my ass off. Since then, I've been waiting anxiously for Thumped to arrive. And I was not disappointed!

Thumped picks up eight and a half months later, both identical twins, Harmony and Melody are preggo with twins and are due to give birth at the same time. Harmony went back to Goodside, her preachy-teachy gated c
The sequel to Bumped left me satisfied. As fascinated as I was by the world McCafferty was presenting me in the first book, I just wasn't that in to Melody or Harmony. Harmony seemed completely whacked out, not because of her churchiness but because of the whole (view spoiler), which was creepy. I liked Melody more but wasn't crazy about her. She seemed to serve mostly as a device to offset McCafferty's more ex ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Bluelily3 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Geez. Somehow, I thought maybe this one would be a bit better than the first one. The ending was pretty good, but it was a long time coming. It takes forever for anyone to figure anything out. I guess if you are raised a certain way, it is hard... but I don't know.

I still liked Harmony more than Melody. (Shaving at dying her hair gave her bonus points too) Melody was supposed to be super-smart, but she was just sort of like a blond bimbo to me. Sort of like Shannon on the show "LOST". You know,
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Apr 09, 2012 Andi (Andi's ABCs) rated it really liked it
I was nervous reading this one. Bumped was such a great story that I was worried that Thumped wouldn't live up to it's awesomeness. Not to mention the fact that the description confused me. But I must say that McCafferty not only did and amazing follow up to Bumped, she left me wanting more of these characters.

Thumped picks up about 8 months after Bumped left off. Harmony is back with her church community and her husband Ram pregnant with Jondoe's twins. She thought it would be the best to go ba
Apr 30, 2012 Shelley rated it it was ok

I'm not sure how to rate these. I feel like reeeeally shouldn't be young adult books, because of the subject matter, but it's not written in such a way I could recommend it to another adult that doesn't write YA.

With that said, it's an interesting story and it was a nice read for something different. However, it writing was lacking in a few ways. None of the characters were well developed, and I found them overly stereo-typical to boot. It was hard to care for anyone in the story, or form an em
Issie Cassidy
Aug 24, 2013 Issie Cassidy rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I decided to read Thumped because I like the idea of dystopian texts however, most dystopian books are too gruesome and sad for me to enjoy them. However Thumped had the attributes of a dystopian text but luckily not the same disturbing outcomes.

This book completes "a book with themes related to those we've studied in class in the 2nd half of the year". This book shows the same theme as Never Let Me Go because they are both dystopian texts with protagonists' questioning what is happening to the
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Megan McCafferty is best known for SLOPPY FIRSTS and four other books in the New York Times bestselling Jessica Darling series for teens and adults. JESSICA DARLING'S IT LIST is a new middle grade series of prequels. She also wrote the futuristic satires BUMPED and THUMPED. Her work has received honors from the ALA and the NYPL and has been translated into fourteen languages, including Chinese, Ge ...more
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“Fortunately for me, I'm still evolving into the person I'm supposed to be. And though they don't know it yet, and may not come to accept it, I'm done living by their protocols or anyone else's.

I'm the only one who will take credit for my successes. And I'm the only one who will take the blame for my mistakes.

From now on, I live for me.”
“I don't know if she's making the right choice, but it's not my choice to make. I promise to support her, whatever she decides. Because that's what sisters do.” 7 likes
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